Steve is one of the top British jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene. He began his career while studying at Trinity College Of Music, and since then has worked regularly on the British, European and International jazz scene.
Steve has recorded many critically acclaimed CDs under his own name.
BUDDY BOLDEN BLEW IT (MST CD0056)
A PASSING GLANCE (MST CD0057) - with Jeff Hooper
NIGHT LIGHTS [MST CD0050]
OUR DELIGHT [MST CD0041]
OCTOBER ARRIVAL [HYDRO CD03]
STABLEMATES [MST CD0035]
OUT OF TOUCH [ASC CD32]
DESTINATION UNKNOWN [ASC CD4]
Steve has worked with John Surman’s Brass Project recording a CD on the ECM label THE BRASS PROJECT [ECM 1478]
Steve has toured Europe playing at many of the major Jazz Festivals with the Carla Bley Big Band and recorded two CDs for the ECM label:
BIG BAND THEORY and CARLA BLEY GOES TO CHURCH
Other performers that Steve has regularly worked and recorded with include:
ANDY SHEPPARD, TONY COE, VICTOR MENDOZA, MAL WALDRON, GRAHAM COLLIER, MIKE GARRICK, DON WELLER, JOHN WARREN, COLIN TOWNS & ROBIN JONES, JEFF HOOPER, ALAN BARNES, and LEE GIBSON.
As a composer, Steve has had a number of commissions ranging from a small groups to big bands. These include compositions for the big band PENDULUM (formally the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra) - which can be heard on the CD PENDULUM.
CONCERTO FOR CONGAS - commissioned for George Haslam's MELTDOWN featuring Robin Jones as the soloist. This was released on CD in 2001 for the SLAM label.
Steve has also composed a number of pieces for ROBIN JONES' KING SALSA, which can be heard on the CDs CHANGO (PARCD 502) & ACHÉ (RPRCD001)
In December 2002 Steve, along with Baritone Sax player George Haslam, was invited to perform at the Havana Jazz Festival as guests of Chucho Valdes with a Cuban big band – the band, with up to 25 members, fronted by Bobby Carcasséswith many of the greatest Cuban jazz musicians, played 3 concerts in Havana and Santa Clara; the program included Waterman directing his ‘Concerto for Congas’ and works by Cuban Jazz composer Jorge Triana Hdz.
Steve also recently teamed up with British vocalist Jeff Hooper to record the album "A Passing Glance" - Steve arranged all of the pieces for the album.
Steve is very committed to Jazz education. He has co-written with John ONeil a highly acclaimed Jazz Trumpet tutor book -
THE JAZZ METHOD FOR TRUMPET published by Schott & Co. and is currently releasing the Steve Waterman E-Learning Jazz Education Series for Trumpet.
He is a professor of Jazz Trumpet at Trinity College of Music in London and visiting Jazz Trumpet specialist at The Royal Northern College Of Music and The Welsh College Of Music And Drama. Steve runs his own Annual Contemporary Big Band Jazz Weekend with Alan Barnes, and also teaches on many summer jazz courses and has conducted numerous Trumpet master classes and workshops ranging in size from small groups to big bands throughout the UK and in Spain, Finland, Latvia, South Africa, and Cuba.